Fireside Lecture to focus on local earthquake and tsunamis preparedness

This week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be “Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Preparedness for Juneau,” presented by Joel Curtis, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NWS, and Tom Mattice, City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Programs Manager.

The presenters will discuss the science of earthquakes and tsunamis, and then will talk on what locals should do to prepare for these events.

The focus on local preparedness was added to the program following the Jan. 4 earthquake that shook much of Southeast Alaska. The January event, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, was on the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault that runs just off the coast of Southeast. Curtis and Mattice will also talk about the lack of waves generated by this quake, and will discuss an October quake, which generated a magnitude of 7.1.

This Fireside Lecture, which is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. and then repeated at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 789-0097.

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